Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and many other Republicans have justified their opposition to even holding a hearing on a Supreme Court nominee by saying the American people should be given a chance to weigh in on the matter, but McConnell was a little more specific during his appearance on Fox News Sunday.
McConnell spoke to Fox News host Chris Wallace and implied that the November election wouldn't necessarily be the voice of the people the GOP is looking for.
In response to a question from host Chris Wallace, who asked if Senate Republicans would consider the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court after the election if Hillary Clinton prevails, McConnell responded that he “can’t imagine that a Republican majority in the United States Senate would want to confirm, in a lame duck session, a nominee opposed by the National Rifle Association [and] the National Federation of Independent Businesses.”
The American people may speak their mind and elect another Democrat, but it's not over until the NRA and NFIB sing.
One could argue the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) has already had their chance. The NFIB led the charge against Obamacare at the Supreme Court. They lost the case and America reelected President Obama to preserve Obamacare.
Likewise, the American people have overwhelmingly endorsed positions opposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), such as expanded background checks, but Senator Mitch McConnell and his colleagues have chosen to ignore the American people on this issue among many others.
The GOP's case against confirming or even holding a hearing on a Supreme Court nominee is increasingly muddled and muddied. If the reelection of President Obama and the election of another Democrat does not represent the voice of America, why would the NRA and NFIB?